Classic vocational guidance film produced to snap America's teenagers out of a Depression mood.
July 5, 2006
Don't Worry About the Depression, Kids, You'll Find a Job If You Have Good Character
This 30s vocational guidance film tries to help teenagers choose their careers. Itâs mostly the standard line about knowing your strengths and weaknesses, exploring your interests, and researching possible career directions. Whatâs interesting about this is the time it was made, a time when unemployment was extremely high and most young people had little choice about what career field to enter, given that college financial aid was non-existent, careers for women were few and very low-paying, and it was still very common for young men to go into their fathersâ careers. They try to deal with this by paying lip service to the fact that the students might not be able to afford the training for some careers and that girls will learn to be good housewives in home ec class. They also give a pep talk at the end, saying that âopportunities do exist if youâre willing to take them,â and that âAmericans have always created their own opportunities.â Considering how severe the Depression was, this lends a depressing air to the proceedings, though perhaps some of these kids had better opportunities after World War II, assuming they didnât get killed. The film does have lots of great visuals in it, such as a teen surrounded by question marks, a teen trying to choose among several different roads, and a âfoundation of successâ made of building blocks marked with such things as âhealthâ and âcharacterâ. An interesting relic from the early days of vocational guidance.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
May 10, 2003
In this delirious film, one wonders how much guilt and pressure the filmmakers wanted to place on the students to get their point across. They hammer question after question on these poor souls who are expected to look for work. This type of film isn't really going to make it easier on them, if anything, it will add to their dilemma.